Home isn't always a safe place for everyone.


We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone, but please be assured that whether you are experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse or other crimes, the police will still respond to reports of crime in the home.

Support services are still available, whether you want to speak to the police or not and help can also be accessed online if you don't want to use the phone.


If home isn't always a safe place for you, there are some things you can do which may help to keep you safer.


How to report domestic abuse

If you, or someone you know, is feeling anxious and unsafe at home, visit gmvictims.org for help & advice on accessing local services.

If you, or someone you know, has come to harm or is at risk of coming to harm, you can report it to Greater Manchester Police online here or call 101

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, always dial 999

If you're calling 999 from a mobile phone and are unable to speak, you can use the Silent Solution (SS) by pressing 55 when prompted. The operator will then transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.



How to stay safer at home

If you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like.

You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you.

You are not alone in this.

You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.

Below are some things you can think about if this is happening to you. Remember that you are an expert in your own situation and only take on advice that feels safe and relevant to you. It is important to try and think about the things that may change or make you more unsafe, especially thinking through now how you might get help if you need it.

Like everyone, you could be worried about contracting the virus and the NHS website can give you advice around this.

Always remember that the abuse you are experiencing is not your fault.



Support from family, friends & neighbours

Please keep in touch with friends and family by telephone, video calls or social media. This means you are keeping them in touch with any risks you are facing and that you have a support network if you should need it.

Could you set up a check in call with someone you trust, so you know someone will contact you at certain times of the week?



Self Care

Have a look on our Tips for Coping page for ideas on how to keep well.



Do you have a personalised safety plan?

If not, find out how to make one here.

If you have, you might need to think about what needs updating or changing because of what is happening now. There are some points to think about here.



Are you worried...

...about your behaviour - are you hurting someone close to you? You can contact Respect for help to stop on 0808 802 4040.

...about whether your friend's or family member's partner could be abusive? There is a Right to Ask process under Clare's Law which you can request via Greater Manchester Police here.



Support and Resources

  • Safe Lives have a dedicated Domestic Abuse & COVID-19 page.
  • The National Domestic Abuse helpline is a free, 24/7 service - ring 0808 2000 247.
  • End the Fear's website has advice on how how hide your tracks on your phone, tablet & computer if you're looking for help and what do do if you are being hurt, if someone you know is being hurt, or if you are hurting someone. You can also ring 0161 636 7525 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm excl Bank Holidays).
  • Contact the LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 999 5428 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm & Weds-Thurs 10am-8pm)
  • Respect is the men's advice line for domestic abuse - call 0808 801 0327 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Mon & Weds 9am-8pm)
  • For help with 'honour'-based abuse and forced marriage, contact Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
  • If you've been affected by a crime, you can call Victim Support for 24/7 confidential support, which is independent of the police, on 0808 16 89 111.
  • The Bright Sky app will help you to find services but looks like a weather app.
  • The Hollie Guard app turns your smartphone into a personal safety device.


Find more information from SafeLives.org by clicking here

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